Thursday, 11 February 2016

Thanks

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -
For the background, I embossed a piece of Coconut White Card using the Couture Creations Velvet Tea Lights Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design.

I cut a piece of Black Card using SueWilson's Double Pierced Squares. I popped the larger die in the Couture Creations Mercanto Flourish die set into the centre and ran it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine. I cut the extra die in the set out of the waste from the centre of the die cut frame. I covered both ddie cuts with Pewter Gilding Wax and put aside to dry for a few minutes. Once dry, I carefully buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I glued the extra die cut to the frame, securing at the back using a little Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

I added the frame to the background using 3d Foam.

I masked the 'so much' part of the 'Thanks so much' sentiment from the Creative Expressions Fabulous Sentiments Stamp Set and inked with Watering Can Archival. I removed the mask and stamped onto Coconut White Card. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Couture Creations Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set. I cut the middle size die from the same die set out of Black Card and rubbed Pewter Gilding Wax over it.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (11th February) - Creative Expressions Birdsong Meadow Stamp only £2.99!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Happy Birthday

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used the Faux Batik technique. I stamped the Justrite Fleur Twist Background onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I then folded the background, on the front and on the back making mountain and valley folds. I added Clover Adirondack Dye Ink to a Brayer and Pool Adirondack Dye Ink onto another Brayer. I then spritzed the background with some water to make it receptive to ink. I brayered the 2 inks onto the background until all the white card was covered. I removed the excess ink from the embossed design using a piece of kitchen roll.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Explore Vintage Labels Four Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Clear Powder. I cut it out using Justrite Antique Labels One Dies and inked through the die with Pool Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie. I removed the excess ink from the stamped sentiment using kitchen roll. I cut the Couture Creations Christmas Seedling Die out of Black Card. I rubbed CS Phill Martin Frosty Aqua Gilding Wax over it. I left it for a few minutes to dry and then buffed it up using a dry wet wipe.

I cut one of the Couture Creations Simplicity Borders out of Black Card and rubbed Frosty Aqua Gilding Wax over. Once dry, I buffed it up. I added it to the bottom of my card, trimming off the excess.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm Black Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

I have another itty bitty sneak peak from my workshop on 12th March - 

You can book via my website here.

I have also booked a date for a couple of workshops at Creative Expressions HQ in Kettering on Wednesday 23rd March. There's a morning and an afternoon session. You can book by contacting Tracey on 01536 481778 during office hours, email her at tracey@creative-expressions.uk.com or you can book via my website here.


Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (10th February) - Spellbinders Shapeabilities Bow Elegance Die Set only £12.99!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

You're Special to Me

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I ran a piece of Coconut White Card through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Couture Creations Feather Frenzy Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the design. It isn't a repeating pattern but it's so busy that you don't notice the join. I inked around the edges with Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud using a Smoothie.

I cut the Couture Creations Moulin Rouge Die out of Black Card. I rubbed Deep Red Gilding Wax over the die cut and put aside to dry for a few minutes. I cut the smallest corner die in the Couture Creations Malvoisie Corners Die Set out of Black Card 4 times and rubbed Deep Red Gilding Wax over them. Once all the pieces were dry, I buffed them up using a dry wet wipe.

I snipped the centre out of the Moulin Rouge Die Set and used it as one of my mats for my sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Fabulous Sentiments Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Couture Creations Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set and inked through the die with Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud. I cut the middle die in the Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set out of Black Card. I cut the largest die out of Coconut White Card and inked through the die with Scarlet Woman. I used only the inner die cut for this project and kept the fancy frame for another project.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.


Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (9th February) - Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours Bracket Occasions Sentiments only £9.99!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Hi Friend

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

An easy peasy card today - the background die is so lovely that you don't need to add much.

I cut the Spellbinders Tapestry Die out of Coconut White Card leaving a border around the edge (it has no outside cutting edge). I inked through the die with Terra Cotta Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie. I matted it onto Black Card.

I stamped the sentinent from the Creative Expressions Tatty's Text  onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using a die from the Spellbinders Victorian Tags Die Set and inked through the die with Terra Cotta ink. I cut the correspinding larger die and inked through the die with Terra Cotta Ink.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm White Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

See told you it was easy!

The first stock of Phill Martin's dies is due in today. All the orders placed for them will be posted out today. You can still get 10% discount on Phill's dies on my website here till midnight tonight.

The winner of the card from Freebie Friday on 5th February is ................

tracy w

Please email me at juliawattscrafts@gmail.com with your address and I'll pop it in the post.
 
Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (8th February) -Sue Wilson Diagonals Love Hearts only £7.99!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

You're Special to Me

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

I cut a piece of Black Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Squares Set B. I then cut the Couture Creations Vierge Square out of it and put aside.

I cut the Vierge Square again out of Coconut White Card. I used this as a mask and inked through it onto another piece of Coconut White Card (mask off the centre with low tack tape or a post it first!). I pounced through the die cut with Jade Forest, Plum Cobbler and Scarlet Woman Colour Clouds using Smoothies. I used this as my background. The mask can be used again or used as it is on another project.

I added my Black Vierge Square Die Cut to my background, offsetting it slightly so that the a bit of the white card, that wasn't inked due to the mask, can be seen causing a shadow effect.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Fabulous Sentiments Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Jet Black Archival. I cut it out using the smallest die in the Couture Creations Scrolled Tomentosa Die Set and inked through the die with Plum Cobbler Colour Cloud. I cut the other 2 dies in the Scrolled Tomentosa Set out of Black Card.

I coloured a piece of Blue White American Seam Binding with the same 3 Colour Clouds that I used on the background and tied a bow using 3 lengths of it. I made a flower out of Coconut White Card using the Couture Creations Falling Blossoms Die, inking the tips of the petals with Plum Cobbler and adding an 8mm Black Pearl to the centre.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (7th February) - Wild Rose Studio Oval Flower Die only £9.99!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Just For You

Hi Bloggers.

A simple card today. This card looks blue but it's actually lilac -

For the background, I inked a piece of Coconut White Card with Shaded Lilac Distress Stain. Once completely dry, I ran it through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine with the Couture Creations Thinking of You Embossing Folder. I sanded it to reveal the core and made the design pop.


I stamped the balloon image and the sentiment from the Justrite Explore Vintage Labels Four Stamp Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Clear Embossing Powder. I rubbed some Shaded Lilac Distress Stain over the image and sentiment. I cut the sentiment out using Justrite Vintage Labels Four.


I cut the sentiment out using Justrite Antique Labels One Dies.

I assembled the card as shown adding some 8mm White Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Stock of Phill Martin's new dies will arrive on Monday. My pre-order of the Happy Birthday to You die set sold out yesterday. I have ordered some more and I have amended the item on the website with a dispatch approx Wednesday 10th February which is when I'm guessing they will arrive. I've done this so you can take advantage of the 10% discount which applies till midnight Monday 8th February. Orders placed for the original stock will be sent out as soon as my order arrives on Monday. You can find Phill's dies on my website here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (6th February) - Creative Expressions Apple Blossom Spray Stamp Set only £2.99!


Friday, 5 February 2016

Freebie Friday

Hi Bloggers.

Here's this week's card that needs a new home -

This was a demo from my last set of shows on Hochanda. You can read how the original card was made here.

Leave a lovely comment below to go into the draw and I'll announce the winner on Monday - be sure to pop back to see if you've won!

Phill Martin's new dies are loaded onto my website - you can see them here. 10% discount on them continues till midnight on Monday 8th February. There's a slim chance that they will arrive today but more than likely they'll be here Monday or Tuesday. I will, of course send them out as soon as they arrive.

I have another itty bitty sneak peak from my workshop on 12th March. You can book via my website here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (5th February) - Spellbinders Marvelous Squares Die Set only £12.99!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Happy Anniversary

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

All Coconut White Card on this one.

I started with the frame. I cut the outer die in Sue Wilson's Ornate Pierced Squares and then I cut the 3 largest dies together. I glued the 2 pieces together and put aside to dry. Once dry, I seated the inner die back in the frame and ran through the Spellbinders Platinum Machine on the cut sandwich to make the frame.

I embossed a piece of card with the Creative Expressions Star Swirls Embossing Folder. I added 3D Foam to the back of the frame and added it to the embossed piece, trimming away the excess.

I cut the 2 outer dies together in Sue's Wellington Die Set . I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Petite Lavish Sentiments Stamp Set using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it our using die 2 in the Wellington Set and also cut die 3. I stacked these up onto the other die cut using 3D Foam.

I cut a pair of Sue's Laced Edged Leaves and a bunch of Sue's String Flowers.

I assembled the card as shown adding some White Pearls and piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

I've settled on the projects for my workshop in Milton Keynes on 12th March. I'm not going to reveal the complete projects but I can give you itty bitty sneak peeks. There will be 3 projects. You can book on my website here.

Here's your first itty bitty sneak peek -

Phill Martin's dies are now loaded onto my website. I won't be able to send them out till next week when the stock arrives. There'll be 10% discount till midnight on Monday 8th February. You can find them here.

I've finally remembered to add photos of my last One day Special into the gallery section of this blog (access via the top menu). They're also all on my Julia Watts Crafts page on Faebook.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (4th February) - Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours New Arrival Verse Collection only £9.99!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Travel Soar Explore

Hi Bloggers.

Inky fun today!

So, for my inky background, I inked a piece of Coconut White Card with Festive Berries, Seedless Preserves and Salty Ocean Distress Stains. Distress Stains are more vibrant than Distress Ink Pads - you would have to work a bit harder to get this intensity of colour with an ink pad.

I misted some water into my hand and did the 'happy clappy' over the background. I left the spots of water for a minute or so and then blotted off with a piece of kitchen roll.

I popped some Lemon Juice into a mister bottle and misted it into my and and then clapped this over the background too. I dried this with my Heat Tool - it takes a while, has a lovely burnt lemon smell.

Next I stamped one of the little solid flower cluster stamps from the Justrite Floral Fan Elements randomly over the piece using Jet Black Archival.

Then, pinny on and time for some splats in the various colours. They look better is you really go for it! I put it aside so the splats could dry naturally.

Once dry, I placed the Grid Mask at a jaunty angle and inked through it with Pebble Adirondack Dye Ink using a Smoothie. I drew some squiggly lines around the edges and added an 8mm Black Pearl to each corner.

I stamped the Balloon image from the Justrite Explore Vintage Labels Four Die Set onto Coconut White Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I also stamped the 3 words from the same stamp set in the same way. I added Festive Berries Distress Stain over the stamped image and words.

I cut the Ballon image out using a Justrite Vintage Labels Four Die.

I separated the words using scissors and added some faux stitching using my fineliner pen.

I assembled the card as shown piercing around the edges using my Tim Holtz Ruler, Precision Probe and Piercing Mat.

Phill Martin is launching his own range of dies. The first release is being unveiled tomorrow. They're not available to order yet but as soon as they are I'll order some and load them onto my website.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia.
www.juliawattscrafts.co.uk
Free card with all website orders (ask for one in the comments box at checkout).
Deal of the Day today (3rd February) -Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies Die Set only £14.99!